Subject: Re: login: Permission denied
To: Matthias Meyser <>
From: Dave Burgess <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/20/1999 21:48:35
At 10:00 AM 4/18/99 +0200, you wrote:
>On Sun, Apr 18, 1999 at 02:21:48AM -0400, Josh Hope wrote:
>> The kdump showed that the permission denied error comes upon trying to 
>> get into the home directory. But this makes no sense! I'm looking at the 
>> directory right now and it shows that its permissions are "drwxr-xr-x" 
>> and that the group "otaku:wheel" owns it (this is all as it should be). 
>> *What* could be hindering the action of su trying to access the 
>> /home/otaku dir?
>> The /home dir has the same permissions but is owned by root:wheel. Ditto 
>> for the / directory (someone suggested checking this).
>> Any ideas on this very enigmatic problem?
>As I can remember there was(is) ab nasty trap wenn the homedir by itself
>is (nfs)mounted. Then you have to set the permission of the underlying
>mountpoint in the same way. (umount and then chmod)

I noticed something similar with the snapshot I used Saturday to build a
new machine.  I can't 'su' at all.  So I checked the permissions on the
'su' program.  They're supposed to get suid root, right?  In the snapshot,
none of the suid root programs are.

>Hope it helps
>   Matthias Meyser
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